Most tours have about 40 people. The tours run every half hour, so there could have been as many as 600 people in the Caverns many because of one article.
" We though well we'd come here and we're glad we did it was great," Gene Leid says.
Gene Leid is like many others who ended up here because of this article.
"All we knew about was Luray Caverns that was it so we never heard about this at all so we wouldn't have been here," Leid says.
It was a fluke the author of the article ended up here, too.
"He said he saw us on the highway and he thought well we'll pull in and see this one end of the day and then it turned out to be the one he liked second best in the United States," Cynthia Miller says.
Grand Caverns was beat out only by Carlsbad Caverns in Nevada. It was the more than 250 sheild formations that caught his eye.
"It surprised me I always heard so much you know Luray's such a bigger known name and more touristy and more people go there-I was really amazed," Miller says.
Miller's had to more than double her staff of tour guides.
"We're not used to this much traffic," Miller says.
And it's spilling over into the community.
"The restaurant in town Shenduns has told me they've seen a lot of traffic because kids sending people there," Miller says.
Everybody's hoping the success will continue.
If you're a resident of Staunton, Harrisonburg, Rockingham or Augusta Counties you get a discount when you visit the Caverns.